BSC Cruiser Racing Weekend
Published 14:29 on 19 Sep 2023
This year's BSC Cruiser Racing Weekend was very much an event of two halves. Saturday's race to No Man's Land Fort was held in a gentle Easterly/South Easterly breeze that carried the 14 strong fleet down with the tide to a rather challenging rounding of the fort. The fleet then bunched up and for several boats the race all but started again. The boats who were able to make progress upwind against the spring ebb tide were then destined for better results than the others. Understandably there were a few retirements due to concerns about being able to get back against the tide. Celebration (Mike & Helen Smith - CCRC) was the worthy winner.
The Sunday couldn't have been more different with the majority of the fleet looking at the forecast and sensibly deciding to stay at home. Mandamus, Markova and committee boat Selene did venture out in a valiant attempt to see if a race could be put on. However, abandonment was the only option with a 35 knot gust appearing just before the start sequence - the rain was so hard that it hammered the waves flat and took away almost all visibility. Thankfully everyone made it back in one piece and we can only hope that we have better conditions next year.
Last updated 14:29 on 19 September 2023